Current exhibitions

The World’s Oldest Chemistry Set? New Discoveries from Blombos Cave

The World’s Oldest Chemistry Set? New Discoveries from Blombos Cave

  • Date: Oct 13, 2011 to Oct 13, 2014

Rock Art Gallery  Ongoing

“What makes us human?” This topical question receives some answer in the form of two unique 100 000-year-old ochre preparing kits from Blombos Cave, South Africa. This remarkable...


Permanent exhibitions

Marine Exhibits

Marine Exhibits

  • Date: Jun 14, 2011 to Jun 14, 2011

World of Water

Depicting life in our oceans. The Sunlit Sea exhibit shows a kelp forest habitat and animals of the Open Ocean including a 4.9 m white shark, a leatherback turtle and a broadbill swordfish. The latest...


Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

Noteworthy events during the lifetime of this tree, planted about 1850 in the Public Gardens. Tree struck by lightning, felled and removed 1939.

CROSS-SECTION THROUGH NORFOLK ISLAND PINE

Noteworthy events during the...


The Giant Squid: Architeuthis

The Giant Squid: Architeuthis

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

Introduction

The giant squid, one of the last great mysteries of the sea, has not yet been seen alive. A creature of myth and wonder, an early specimen was described as a merman or sea monk in 16th century Denmark.

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Whale Well

Whale Well

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

A unique collection of whale casts and skeletons, to be seen from all floors; includes a 20.5 metre blue whale skeleton.


The Boonstra Dioramas

The Boonstra Dioramas

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

Evidence of life in the Karoo from 300 million years ago; dioramas of ancient Karoo reptiles; fossil mammals of the Cape four million years ago.

 


Our Place in the Universe

Our Place in the Universe

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

A display depicting a cosmic zoom to view the universe on an ever increasing scale, reaching back to almost the very beginning of our universe.


Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo

Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

This exhibition has been 250 million years in the making. It features the fossilised skeletons of long-extinct reptiles that ruled the land areas of the world some 50 million years before the dinosaurs. Highlights...


Wonders of Nature

Wonders of Nature

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

The exhibition comprises a selection of 20 objects highlighting the beauty and diversity of natural forms across space and time. Amongst others, fossilized freshwater fish from the Triassic period, ammonites from the...


African Dinosaurs

African Dinosaurs

  • Date: Jun 13, 2011 to Jun 13, 2011

African Dinosaurs tells the story of dinosaurs from an African perspective. Realistic dioramas of ancient Karoo landscapes with fleshed-up reconstructions of some of our South African dinosaurs help bring the fossils...


Darwin and the Cape

Darwin and the Cape

  • Date: May 30, 2011 to May 30, 2011

2009 saw the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species. His theory on the evolution of life through natural selection...


Virtual Earth

Virtual Earth

  • Date: Dec 1, 2010 to Aug 31, 2015

Virtual Earth takes the form of a Gaiasphere, an interactive digital theatre housed in a large (3.2 m diameter) back-projected hemisphere with which animations of changes happening on the earth’s surface can be shown....